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Ruthless criminal thugs come in all sorts of sizes, genders and even faces, including baby-face.
Meet 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson, two baby-faced teens who’re significantly more dangerous than they look.
Tuesday in Volusia County, Florida, the two opened fire on sheriff’s deputies with an AK-47 and a shotgun. And yes, you read that correctly.
Watch video of shooting & boy in court: 12-year-old boy, 14-year-old girl open fire at FL deputies w/ guns, including AK-47 https://t.co/yidFnkkEED #Travis O’Brien and Nicole Jackson #Travis O’Brien #Nicole Jackson #Volusia County pic.twitter.com/p9eNEyNxyg
— Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC) June 3, 2021
It all started earlier that evening after the pair ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
“A 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl who ran away from a children’s group home Tuesday night in Enterprise broke into a house, armed themselves with several of the homeowner’s guns and opened fire on several responding deputies who tried to talk them into surrendering,” the office announced Wednesday on Facebook.
“The 14-year-old girl was shot and wounded after she came out of the garage at 1050 Enterprise Osteen Road and pointed a shotgun at deputies outside the house. The 12-year-old boy, armed with an AK-47, finally put down his weapon shortly thereafter and was not injured,” the office added.
Watch stunning bodycam footage from the confrontation below (*Graphic content):
The full footage can be seen here.
Both suspects survived, though Jackson reportedly required surgery for “life-threatening injuries,” according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, and still remains hospitalized.
Meanwhile, O’Brien also required treatment but “treatment of his medical condition, not because of any injuries sustained in the incident.”
The 12-year-old reportedly suffers from diabetes. That, in fact, was the reason the authorities had been looking for him, because “if he doesn’t get his medication within four hours, it’s going to be a critical medical emergency,” according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
During a press conference Tuesday evening, Chitwood admitted in shock that what happened was “something I’ve never seen in 35 years in policing.”
“Deputies did everything they could tonight to de-escalate, and they almost lost their lives to a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old. If it wasn’t for their training and their supervision … somebody would have ended up dead,” he said.
“I don’t know where we get the men and women who respond to these incidents, who do what they do, and do it with bravery, do it with courage, and do it while trying to protect the sanctity of human life. But they took rounds – multiple, multiple rounds – until they were left with no other choice but to return fire,” he added.
In a lengthy press conference the following morning, he went into more detail about what had transpired and claimed the two had been intent on killing his deputies.
“Their conversation was they were going to kill my sergeant. They were coming out to kill cops. They were coming out to kill deputies, that’s the conversation,” he said.
Chitwood also described the two as “Bonnie and Clyde” and “evil.”
Second media briefing from Sheriff Mike Chitwood on last night’s deputy-involved shooting in Enterprise, where a 12- and 14-year-old opened fire on deputies.
Posted by Volusia Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
“The 14-year-old was arrested for stealing dogs, for larceny, she then got teen court, and was sentenced to a halfway house in Flagler County. She burned that halfway house down on April 10 of 2021 and the Department of Juvenile Justice placed her in Florida United Methodist Children’s Home,” the sheriff said of Jackson’s past.
Both children have reportedly been charged with armed burglary and attempted murder of law enforcement officers.
During O’Brien’s first court hearing Thursday morning, Seventh Judicial Circuit Judge Michael S. Orfinger ordered that he be held in a juvenile facility for either 21 days or until his next court order.
“There’s probable cause to believe that these acts occurred and that you committed them,” he said to the baby-faced teen, as reported by station WKMG.
The boy’s reportedly scheduled to be arraigned on June 23rd.
Jackson is reportedly still hospitalized.
“Jackson was shot in the chest and in the arm. According to Chitwood, she was fighting for her life but was later listed in stable but critical condition,” according to WKMG.
Amazingly, what happened this Tuesday isn’t the first instance of a Florida United Methodist Children’s Home resident behaving erratically.
“Last month, a 14-year-old boy at the group home pleaded no contest to a charge of manslaughter in the death of a security officer he struck during an altercation in late March,” the sheriff’s office noted in its Facebook post.
Chitwood believes the problem is the state’s embrace of so-called “restorative justice.”
“I think you need to look at the system because if you look at what’s going on here – in South Florida, what are they looking for right now? Teenagers that shot 20 people, killed two. Atlanta – last week, a 10 to 12-year-old carjacked a city councilman. Restorative justice is getting people killed and getting people hurt,” he said during Wednesday’s briefing.
“We’re not saying we don’t believe in a holistic approach to juvenile crime. Absolutely positively. But when you got somebody who wants to do big-boy crimes or big-girl crimes, then treat them accordingly. Don’t try to mollycoddle them and pat them on the head and say if we hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ we’re gonna change your behavior. It’s not going to happen. They laugh at us,” he added.
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